Weekly Insights · February 14, 2024

The Top 50 U.S. Podcasts Q4 2023

By Edison Research

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Looking for the most popular podcasts in the U.S.? This week we are proud to announce the Top 50 Podcasts based on number of weekly listeners for Q4 2023 among weekly podcast listeners age 13+. Edison Podcast Metrics is the only podcast measurement service in the U.S. that measures the relative audience size of all podcasts and podcast networks; this includes networks and shows that have not opted in to other industry rankers. 

The top three podcasts had no change in rank from Q3, with The Joe Rogan Experience, Crime Junkie, and The Daily taking those spots, respectively. Changes are noted in the ranker below. 

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience  
  1. Crime Junkie 
  1. The Daily 
  1. Stuff You Should Know (+5) 
  1. Dateline NBC (+5) 
  1. New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Top 10 debut) 
  1. This American Life (-3) 
  1. This Past Weekend w/Theo Von (-3) 
  1. The Ben Shapiro Show (+8) 
  1. SmartLess (-4) 

While there was some movement among ranks four through ten in the Top 10, the big story is New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce. New Heights not only broke into the Top 10 in Q4 at #6, but the show skyrocketed straight into the Top 10 from #67 in just one quarter (Q3), having been out of the Top 100 podcasts in the prior quarter (Q2). Edison Podcast Metrics data detailed the “Taylor Swift Effect” on New Heights in Q4 of 2023 as the show gained four and a half times the number of listeners, and saw a change in composition to 50% female weekly listeners.  

In the Top 50 for the first time: The Megyn Kelly Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Making moves up the chart: Cancelled with Tana Mongeau was out of the Top 400 in Q1 2023, but after a reboot in April has now grown to #45. Media coverage culminated with a controversial episode featuring Matt Rife. ShxtsNGigs posted similar gains, being ranked out of the Top 500 in Q1 2023 and is now ranked #49. Both shows have received significant media coverage and have announced tour dates. Rotten Mango had not broken into the Top 100 as of Q1 2023 but has now risen to #37.

Out of the Top 50: No Jumper and The Always Sunny Podcast, both in the Top 50 last quarter amidst some controversy, drop out of the Top 50 this quarter. Criminal drops out of the Top 50 for the first time.

The podcast show ranker is derived from data collected continuously during the fourth quarter of 2023, interviewing 5,356 weekly podcast consumers ages 13 and older in the U.S. Participants indicate which podcasts they listened to in the past week along with a variety of demographic, psychographic, and purchase-behavior information. This ranker measures reach as a percentage of the weekly podcast listening audience.

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